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The Communist Manifesto [Kindle Edition]

Friedrich Engels , Karl Marx
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • File Size: 178 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084BMGCM
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review of product June 23, 2013
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a good and accessible edition. Print size makes reading easy and the kindle makes an essential text very available for me
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A concept born in a simpler time used as an excuse for many things from Socialism to controlled capitalism. As with any pivotal work, one should read it for his/her self. There is always the chance of misinterpretation by an individual, but if you do not read this then you are just accepting someone's word anyway.

This is more than an economics book it is a way of life. It sounds good on paper but makes many assumptions. Instead of worrying about workability, look at the logic that is built on assumptions of that time (written, in 1848). Add this to your library.

You can pick a side (pro or con) and make a stand if you like; but look at the size of this book and realize that many people will just use the title and build their own case. You will have read the real thing.

Be sure to balance it with "The Capitalist Manifesto" by Louis O. Kelso

The Capitalist Manifesto by Louis O. Kelso and Mortimer J. Adler
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basics of Communism and Its Effects on the Proletarian August 19, 2014
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Communist Ideology briefly explained in complex terminology. The reader is taken through the history of origination of Communism with emphasis on the need to stabilize the living standards of the people of the world under one common principle of equality.
Some basic principles of Communism like abolition of private property acquiring rights, abolition of inheritance rights and nationalization of production are worth noting down. The emergence of the powerful Bourgeois (middle class) from the feudal lordship and its dominance over a period of time leading to subjugation of the Proletarian (working class) has given a new meaning to Communist ideology.
The major aim of Communism is to raise the Proletarian to the stage of political ruling class thus overthrowing the Bourgeois supremacy. The Communists therefore support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things in the Bourgeois society.
The reader might not understand many terms used by the authors unless and until he has an idea about the economic scenario of his country. Quite complex at times and the ideology goes above the heads of many until read more than once. This hand book gives the basic idea of how a Communist Manifesto works but does not spell out much about the benefits of the ideology at large. It could have been better if some illustrations were included in between, for easy understanding.

My rating is 2.5 out of 5
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book January 27, 2014
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It's neat how something that was written so long ago still has the ability to clearly explain things that are still happening today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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First, I did not agree with it. It is a good read in order to understand another political view point. It places little value on religion. The individual is inferior to the State. Capitalism is evil. This book is a good book to read to understand what Communism is all about. I'll read it again and take notes this time.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening June 21, 2013
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I must admit I'd never read this book. But now it is easy to understand why communism had to fail. A philosophy based mostly on rage and confused thinking. So I loved it because with a few hours of redaing, it provided me with brilliant hindsight. If you still have doubts about the feasibility of communism, read this book.
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The quality of the e-book is fantastic. Let me get that out of the way. It's good for anyone studying politics to read the Communist Manifesto in order to understand what is effectively the bible of a political ideology.

That said, the Communist Manifesto seems to be missing something. At the end. A "JUST KIDDING!!" disclaimer perhaps. It is, without a doubt, the DUMBEST piece of political propaganda I have ever read. It stretches from nonsensical assertions to absurd conjecture to moronic conclusions. I purchased (free) it to be able to better understand the points of view of those with whom I didn't necessarily agree with, but respected their intelligence. I no longer respect their intelligence. Every paragraph had a facepalming moment.

Engels starts out talking about the horrors of the bourgeois (effectively the middle/upper class) and the nightmare of innovation, technology, lowered costs, and higher efficiency they have created on the backs of the workers. He commits two absurd sins of reason. 1) He never even fathoms that ALL WORKERS ARE ALSO CONSUMERS, and although the industry in which someone may work in may become obsolete by technology and progress (ex: Buggy Manufacturers), society as a whole benefits. 2) Individuals are not helpless. They are not innately stupid and stuck into one class forever. A man or woman may better themselves, gain a skill/trade/education/work experience and EVOLVE their skills with technology and innovation. A buggy maker may learn to be a riveter on an auto assembly line. A bread maker, working for decades with an old-style oven, may learn to work in a large-scale bakery that is better served to cater to the consumer's desire for quality and affordability.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Socialism renamed! August 3, 2013
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In 1845, European Socialists held a convention in London, England. The organizers hired a young man to monitor and write a narrative of the convention including all motions and position statement passed subject only to review and senior authorship by an older and better known German economist. The young man described the convention as an evolutionary process and titled his product "A Socialist Manifesto". The Senior author stressed Revolution, edited and retitled the manuscript "The Communist Manifesto". The young author was Friedrich Engels. The Senior author was Karl Marx. If you wish to understand the politics of today, this is a must read! A careful reading of this classic-if not read previously- will (probably) amaze you!
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Very informative.
Published 7 days ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars I like communist ideals.
Good reading. Makes me realize now that I had an entirely wrong concept of communism. Communism is actually much more in favor of humanity than I was led to believe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
scary mentality but interesting none the less
Published 10 days ago by David Quigley
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
product was as described.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Remains a prophetic vision, even if not fully realized in history,
Published 22 days ago by Paul Garver
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Published 27 days ago by Harry Highpants
5.0 out of 5 stars How can free be bad!!
It is FREE! How can free be bad!!!!! THANK YOU!
Published 27 days ago by Timothy J Strunk
1.0 out of 5 stars Socialism 101
so many folks quote or refer back to it these days as our country races toward being increasingly socialistic, I felt that I needed to understand one of the original books that... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Communism is a proven failure, but a must read to understand where...
I put a 1 star because of the damage this book has done to societies the world over, but would give it 5 stars as a must read for any liberty loving individual to understand what... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Stringham
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